A BETTER CAREGIVING EXPERIENCE | 8-Week Caregiver Workshop on Zoom | Mondays 2:00 PM | Feb. 22 – Apr. 12

While caregiving can be extremely rewarding, it can also be overwhelmingly challenging. It is not often a job you have signed up for or trained for, but it is a role that you may find yourself in. Lauren Barretta, assistant director of the Concord COA who will lead the workshop, adds: “You hear everyone talking about self-care but not many people really know what that means in a practical sense. Even those that do understand, have a very hard time practicing it if they are also in the role of a caregiver. “
This 8-week course is designed to introduce and explore some of the skills and tools needed for a better caregiving experience. Whether you are caring for a partner or parent, handling the stress, emotional burden and practical logistics of the role can be similar.
Effective communication, setting health boundaries, and self-care skills are all a part of caring for yourself as you care for someone else. Barretta adds: “When they say ‘it takes a village’ that applies to caring for adults as much as it does caring for our children.”
This workshop is created for non-professional caregivers serving in a family caregiving role. Please call the Concord COA to register for this workshop at 978-318-3020 and to receive your Zoom invitation. For other questions contact Lauren Barretta at 978-318-3111 or

Meditation Class on Zoom with Concord’s Ed LeClair

Many of us have stressful lives, amplified by the pandemic restrictions and the recent national election. Mindfulness has been proven to have a positive impact on stress and anxiety. The purpose of this course is to develop a personal practice that will result in you being able to stay in the present moment, which will help you to be a calmer, more relaxed person. Concord resident Ed LeClair has been a meditator for 30 years and has interned at the UMass Medical Center for Mindful Based Stress Reduction, taught meditation at CCHS adult education and founded a meditation Sangha 25 years ago which is still active today on Zoom. Please call the COA to register and receive your Zoom invitation. There is no charge for the eight classes on Dec. 3, 10, 17 and Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2021.

Face Mask (Disposable) Drive-through Giveaway

Thank you to the Rotary Club on Concord for their generous donation of disposable face masks to the COA for distribution to Concord’s senior residents. Each senior signed up will receive a package of five masks. Please call the COA to let us know you are coming: 978-318-3020. One per customer! When you arrive please stay in your car and wear a mask, COA staff will bring the masks to you!